Special Olympics athletes will compete remotely in at-home challenges
spanning five weeks, beginning with an online Flame of Hope Torch Run and
Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 12.
volunteers, and supporters across the state who are unable to gather for
in-person competition or events due to ongoing health and safety concerns,
Special Olympics Indiana1s 2020 Summer Games Sports & Fitness Challenge will
be held virtually from June 12 to July 25.
at-home challenge is presented as an alternative to the 2020 Indiana Summer
Game,s originally planned for the weekend of June 12 - 14, beginning with an
online Flame of Hope Torch Run event and Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June
The Flame of Hope
Torch Run premieres at 9 a.m. EST with additional viewing options at 11 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. Both events can be viewed
free on the organization1s Facebook page or at soindiana.org.
Indiana exists to provide opportunities for people with intellectual
disabilities to experience the thrill of competition, the joy of inclusion,
and the satisfaction of using their abilities to the fullest potential, both
on the playing field and off,” said Jeff Mohler, president and CEO of
Special Olympics Indiana. “This pandemic has caused our athletes to miss out
on many of those experiences for the past three months. And though we are
working toward a return to in-person activities as soon as it1s deemed safe,
we believe this virtual Summer Games Challenge will encourage athletes to
stay active while providing something that we all need right now: hope for
The Indiana Summer
Games is the organization1s largest annual event, drawing nearly 3,000
athletes and several thousand coaches, volunteers, Unified partners, and
supporters to Terre Haute each June for three days of state finals
competition in eight Olympic-type sports.
With all in-person
events suspended through June 30, this year1s Sports & Fitness Challenge
will instead invite participants and teams representing Special Olympics
Indiana1s county programs to be “Unified by Hope” while completing daily
challenges in adapted versions of typical Summer Games events and other
activities to earn points throughout the summer.
feature activities that athletes can do at home, in their neighborhoods, or
in parks or other public areas as allowed, while maintaining social
distancing protocols. Elements of track and field, bocce, volleyball,
basketball, soccer, nutrition, mental health and general health and fitness
will be incorporated.
Awards will be
presented to top performers during a Closing Ceremonies and virtual dance
party scheduled for Saturday, July 25. The Closing Ceremonies also will be
streamed on the organization1s website and Facebook page.
about the 2020 Summer Games Sports & Fitness Challenge, the Flame of Hope
Torch Run, and the virtual Opening Ceremonies can be found at soindiana.org/hope.